Dana Hee

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Dana Hee
Personal information
Birth nameDana Lynn Davidson
BornNovember 9, 1961 (1961-11-09) (age 57)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

Dana Hee (born as Dana Lynn Davidson on November 9, 1961 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is an American martial artist, stuntwoman, action film actress and model, who has also worked as sports color commentator, trainer, spokesperson, motivational speaker and master of ceremonies, as well as a rancher. She was a gold medalist at 1988 Summer Olympics in taekwondo (women's lightweight division).[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Martial arts[edit]

Hee turned to martial arts as a way to regain confidence after having been a victim of sexual and domestic abuse.[1][3]

She began training in Shotokan karate in 1980, before switching to taekwondo in 1984.[1][3] Since 1989, she has also practiced many other styles for the films, including aikido, boxing, capoeira, jiu jitsu, kung fu and wrestling.[2]

Aside from her gold medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics, she won gold medals at the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team trials and finals, as well as in 21 national divisional tournaments from 1985 to 1987. She also won silver medals at the U.S. National Championships in 1986, 1987 and 1988, a bronze medal at the Universiade in 1986, four silver and one bronze medals in national divisional tournaments, and finished fifth in her division at the 1987 World Taekwondo Championships. She received the "Female Competitor of the Year Award" and inducted into the U.S. Grandmasters Society Hall of Fame in 2007, and was inducted into the official Takewondo Hall of Fame in 2013.[4]

Film[edit]

Hee has performed stunts for dozens of films and TV series since 1993, including Batman Forever, Charlie's Angels, Gangs of New York, Independence Day, Lethal Weapon 4, Mortal Kombat, Spider-Man 2, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and The Avengers, and was a double for Cameron Diaz, Daryl Hannah, Geena Davis, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Garner, Nicole Kidman, Rene Russo, Sandra Bullock and Uma Thurman, among others.[1][3][5]

Her acting roles included Mileena in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation,[6][7] Siann in Mortal Kombat: Konquest, and the mutated Sil in Species.[8]

Other activities[edit]

Hee has been a television color commentator (local, national, and intional taekwondo events), a master of ceremonies (USOC Olympic Academy, U.S. Olympic Festival), San Francisco-Seoul Sister City Fund raiser, television anchor for New Mexico celebrity golf tournament "Legends & Heroes".

She has transitioned from full-time stuntwoman to motivational speaking in the early 2000s.[5] Since then, she has spoken for numerous groups and organizations, and contributed time and assistance to other philanthropic causes.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

She married and divorced Brian Hee, keeping his surname professionally.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Tan, Caroline (2012-08-08). "Life After the Olympics: From Gold Medalist to Hollywood Stuntwoman and Chicken Rancher". Nbclosangeles.com. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
  2. ^ a b Information from Dana Hee's official website, danahee.com; accessed August 11, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Sprit2Power. "Special Guest Stars | Martial Arts Movie". Spirit2power.com. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
  4. ^ "TAEKWONDO HALL OF FAME LIST OF OFFICIAL INDUCTEES FOR 2013 ® - OFFICIAL TAEKWONDO HALL OF FAME - TAEKWONDOHALLOFFAME.COM". Lacancha.com. Retrieved 2016-06-25.
  5. ^ a b Rayburn, Rosalie (2007-04-22). "Once a Hollywood Stuntwoman, Placitas Resident Plunges Into Motivational Speaking". ABQjournal. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
  6. ^ "Dana Hee in Mortal Kombat: Annhilation". UGO.com. 2010-09-14. Archived from the original on 2014-01-18. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
  7. ^ Serafino, Jason. "The 25 Best Girl-On-Girl Fights In Movies". Complex.com. Retrieved 2016-06-25.
  8. ^ "Dana Hee – Yahoo! TV". Tv.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
  9. ^ Dana Hee on IMDb

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